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Focus // Art and Watchmaking // Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Watchmaking's affairs of the art

Irrespective of claims that watchmaking is an art akin to painting or sculpture, its embracing of artistic activity, almost independently of its primary function to record time, has sparked a dialogue with a world beyond the purely mechanical. Friends of the arts and of culture in general will have had a busy diary these past three months, as watchmakers have concocted an unusually rich...

Christophe Roulet

 
Focus // Switzerland - Japan // Friday, 21 March 2014

How Japan put itself on the world watch map

From the end of the nineteenth century, Japan developed an important clock and watch industry. The 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations which Switzerland and Japan are celebrating this year is an opportunity to look back at this rapid rise and see how it crossed paths with Swiss production. After a long period of isolation, in 1853 Japan opened its borders to international trade and, in...

Grégory Gardinetti

 
Focus // Métiers d’art // Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Magnificent métiers d'art

Sumptuously decorated watches are increasingly in vogue, and new techniques have joined the already age-old crafts. By defining a unique style of expression, brands have found a new way to mark their territory. While watchmakers continue to delight aficionados of complex mechanisms, the recent Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) showed horology's more sensitive side with a...

Louis Nardin

 
Focus // Extra-thin // Thursday, 19 December 2013

The skinny on ultra-thin watches

Even though there is no accepted definition of an extra-thin timepiece, watchmakers nonetheless strive to skim valuable millimetres from movements, as evidenced by this autumn's models. Something to slip under the Christmas tree, perhaps. An emblematic figure of the Enlightenment, Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799) is remembered as a musician, a poet and a playwright to whom we...

Christophe Roulet

 
Focus // 16th Congrès International de Chronométrie // Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Innovation and functions in the spotlight at the CIC

The 16th Congrès International de Chronométrie showcased the inventive solutions put forward by the contributing brands when developing functions for their watches. However, not all functions correspond to what customers actually want from their timepiece, which includes precision. An objective that a researcher at EPFL promises could be tantalising close. "You cannot bring out new...

Fabrice Eschmann

 
Focus // Diamonds are forever // Monday, 23 September 2013

Jewellery sales set to sparkle

Jewellery looks destined to steal the limelight from watches as luxury's passport to growth, evidenced by the recent acquisition of Harry Winston by Swatch Group, and of the Italian jeweller Pomellato by Kering. Commenting on the future of the Richemont Group in a recent interview to HH Magazine, Richard Lepeu, joint chief executive of a company whose portfolio of brands extends to the...

Christophe Roulet

 
Focus // Richemont // Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Richemont's five glorious years

In the space of five years, Richemont has doubled both sales and profit. The Geneva-based luxury group, established 25 years ago, sees this as just a taste of things to come. When Johann Rupert, chairman of the Richemont Group, begins his sabbatical he can do so with the satisfaction of a job well done. The Group sits on solid foundations, results exceed all expectations, and the outlook is...

Quentin Simonet

 
Focus // Ladies’ watches // Monday, 24 June 2013

Watchmakers gear up for women

If there is one trend to have emerged from this year's new releases, it is mechanical watches for women. After having had their pick of diamond-encrusted quartz, women can now enjoy watchmaking's mechanical delights. Is there a horological equation that states a woman's desire to purchase a watch increases proportionately to the number of carats of precious stones set on it? Are women a captive...

Christophe Roulet

 
Focus // Le « prestige » selon Swatch // Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Breguet, Blancpain, Jaquet Droz, three cards in a winning hand

Jaquet Droz celebrates its 275th anniversary; Blancpain marks 60 years for the Fifty Fathoms; Breguet trains the spotlight on the tourbillon. The three names in Swatch Group under the stewardship of Marc Alexander Hayek are off to a roaring start in 2013. Interview. History and heritage are at the centre of 2013 for the three brands under Marc Alexander Hayek's leadership, namely Breguet,...

Christophe Roulet

 
Focus // Fondation Cartier // Thursday, 14 March 2013

A man in tune with his times

A lively interview with Hervé Chandès, General Director of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. The name of Hervé Chandès is inseparable from the foundation he has headed for almost 20 years and that has become one of the most important art institutions today, including internationally. But don’t try to throw praise at him, he will answer that all the credit is due to Cartier for the...

Michèle Laird

 
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